Yup I can roll with this. Successful trip!
Armory run with my boys JMan and Patches O'Cavanaugh. Seeded myself at 4:32 knowing it would be a 7 second PR, and went out and got it. Happy with how things went, did exactly what I wanted to do ultimately. Honestly (and I know everyone always says this so it might sound empty) I definitely think I'm good for faster, but I wanted to practice being patient, working back into negative splitting fast races, and running comfortably for my own race. Kept it very relaxed for the first three laps, chilling in last place and even falling off the pack a little, according to the video. Starting moving up at 600, and then just worked on pouring on more effort each lap. It wasn't the perfect strategy, but I wouldn't have run much faster any other way. Had a nice kick, got a little boxed with 100 to go, but ultimately satisfied with my finish. Ended fourth in the heat of 12.
Video to follow for splits, but I'm 95% sure I negative split by at least a second, but we'll see soon.
Update... CONFIRMED, about 1.5s negative split and very consistent running for the first 3/4. Like freaky consistent.
1/4mi - 68.6
2/4mi - 2:17.4 (68.8)
3/4mi - 3:25.8 (68.4)
7/8mi - 4:00.0 (34.2)
1mi - 4:32.3h (32.3/66.5)
Bottom line, very satisfied.
Finally picked up a states Q in the mile...(kind of.) Crazy how long I struggled with this distance, and now when I'm not even focusing on it, I'm running better than ever. Keep on rollin...